Intel has released a line of three low-cost sold-state hard drives (SSDs) aimed at expanding the market for desktop and notebook storage upgrades.
The company said that its 330 Series drives would target users who had previously been unwilling to pay the higher costs for previous SSD lines.
Described by Intel as 'budget-conscious PC enthusiasts,' the target market for the drives will include consumer and small-office users who are looking to upgrade from platter-based drives.
While SSDs offer higher performance speeds and lower energy consumption than conventional HDDs, the higher cost of flash storage chips has largely limited their use to high-end systems and servers.
"An SSD is still the single best upgrade you can make to your existing PC, and the Intel SSD 330 Series gives users the latest Intel SSD technology at a price to meet their budget," said Intel's non-volatile memory solutions group product line manager for client SSDs James Slattery.
"The Intel SSD 330 Series offers our users the speed they need, backed by world-class manufacturing, reliability and support."
Intel plans to position the 330 Series as a more affordable companion to the high-performance 500 Series drives.
The company said that the 2.5in drives will be offered through its retail channel at a cost of $89 for the 60GB model, $149 for a 120GB capacity and a $234 180GB model.
The SATA 6Gbit/s drives will feature a 500MB/s read speeds and 450MB/s write speeds.
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